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The Institute for the Future of Oncology

The Association of Community Cancer Centers' Institute for the Future of Oncology brings together key leaders in the oncology community to tackle the significant issues they are facing today and in the future.

The Institute was launched in 2013 because ACCC recognized a gap in knowledge and a need for meaningful discussion on issues unique to the multidisciplinary community oncology team. The Institute serves as a clearinghouse of information and knowledge, addressing these issues and offering solutions that can be utilized across the community oncology continuum.

The Institute for the Future of Oncology identifies pressing issues and key trends on the horizon, and incorporates these into its areas of focus.

2017 Institute Forum

For the fifth annual Institute for the Future of Oncology forum in June 2017, ACCC invited participants to come together to envision next generation multidisciplinary cancer care. Participants reflected the many disciplines involved in quality cancer care delivery: physicians, administrators, nurses, quality officers, pharmacists, palliative care providers, registry/data analyst professionals, social workers, and representatives from patient advocacy organizations.

For the forum discussion, participants were divided into three breakout multidisciplinary discussion groups. Each group considered what next generation multidisciplinary cancer care might look like in terms of three current critical challenges:

  • The need to improve care coordination.
  • The tension between personalized medicine and value-based care.
  • The anticipated oncology workforce shortages that are projected to occur as patient volumes increase.

Read five top-level takeaways that reflect the practical forces shaping next generation cancer care.

2016 Institute Forum

The 2016 Institute forum was held in June 2016. The invited participants, comprising oncologists and cancer program executives from hospitals, oncology practices, and healthcare systems across the country; representatives from patient advocacy groups; researchers; and supportive care providers convened for a discussion focused on identifying the concept of patient-centered care in oncology; exploring current models; highlighting existing barriers; and recommending options to move from theory to practice.

Through the forum discussion, participants identified seven key elements required to provide true patient-centered care: patient stories, navigation and coordination, interdisciplinary teams, appropriate reimbursement for services rendered, greater education, information technology connectivity and transparency, and decision support tools. Getting there, participants concluded, will require overcoming numerous obstacles and restructuring the way in which cancer care is delivered and reimbursed.

Download the Institute for the Future of Oncology's 2016 white paper:

Empowering Patients Engaging Providers: The Future of Patient-Centered Care in Oncology

2015 Institute Forum

The 2015 Institute forum was held in June 2015. The invited participants, comprising oncologists and cancer program executives from hospitals, practices, and healthcare systems across the country, convened for a discussion that—within the context of ongoing consolidation and integration pressures—aimed to identify challenges and elicit solutions needed to realize a positive impact on patient care within the next decade. During the discussion, participants identified five essential actions for achieving a positive impact on patient care within the next decade. These are the focus of the Institute’s 2015 white paper.

Download the Institute for the Future of Oncology's 2015 white paper:

What Will It Take? Five Essential Actions to Achieve a Positive Impact on Patient Care in the Integrated Healthcare Environment

2014 Institute Forum

The 2014 Institute forum was held on June 26, 2014. The forum discussion focused on two areas of critical importance for the future of oncology care:

Organizational Leadership—exploring key issues in oncology leadership such as:

  • planning for the future success of an organization and oncology leadership's role in decision making regarding services offered to patients;
  • analyzing future needs and assimilating new and evolving technologies and treatments; and
  • addressing leadership succession planning and mentoring tomorrow's leaders.

Communicating Quality—examining the quality expectations of different stakeholder groups (patients, payers, and providers) and exploring how quality is being communicated to these groups.

Drawing on the forum discussion, the Institute authored two white papers that offer perspectives on these issues.

Download the Institute for the Future of Oncology's 2014 white papers:

2013 Institute Forum

In 2013, the inaugural Institute forum examined two issues:

  • the trend of hospital consolidation and increased physician integration and impacts on communities and providers; and
  • the potential of electronic health information exchange to improve patient care.

Following the 2013 forum, the Institute authored two white papers that provide perspective on how these issues are affecting community cancer care.

Download the Institute for the Future of Oncology's 2013 white papers: